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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 18, 2014
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: U129
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

A chance to "get away from it all" was just what we needed.  We chose to have a few days in N'awlins before we embarked and so chose to do a 5-night instead of a 7-night.  I won't go into minute details of our cruise experience, but I will say that we choose Carnival, having tired of all the folks on other cruise lines who like to look down their nose at fellow passengers and criticize every last detail of their cruise.


It is, overall, a younger more diverse crowd than the other mainstream lines.  People are nice, kind, and will invite you to sit down and join their table if all the others are filled.  I like the "feel" of the cruise, and while the line doesn't offer everything the higher-end lines do, there is still plenty of fun to be had on ship. 


I won't board the ship until I've told myself how much fun I'm going to have.  I think that cruises are what you make of them.  My partner and I cruise for different reasons: he wants to do NOTHING and I like to get out, do some on-ship activities or just go exploring.  We've learned to give the other their space and have both US time and ALONE time. 


The dining staff is tremendous in the dining room. Socorro, who is the head waiter in the Imagination Dining Room (for Your Time Dining guests) is excellent.  Again, the second night, they knew our names, our drinks and some other special things we really enjoy.  If you go, as to sit in his section.  You'll be grateful you did.


The only slight negative is the layout of the ship relative to the locations of the elevators.  It was no big deal, but I walked into the back of the dining room twice, when I got on one elevator bank slightly too far aft.


But, GO.  The sights are excellent and Cozumel is not to be missed.  Having heard about Progresso, we took a 6+ hour tour into the colonial capital, Merida, and then over a well-preserved Mayan town, Izamal.  I'm very glad we made that choice.  It was one of the hightlights of the trip.  We kept bumping into other people who were on the same excursion for the remaining three days.



Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Ni, we love you. Socorro, Yoga and Yedhi: we'll see you again soon.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It wasn't bad or anything. We just get a simple room and either hang out on the bed or don't see the room for hours.

Ship Tip

The Pizza bar at the back of Deck 10 is tremendous. You might have to wait a couple of minutes while they bake your pizza, but they have six or so kinds and they are all quite good. For the adventurous: try the mushroom and goat cheese (chevre). It's to die for!

Progreso (Merida), Mexico Did not visit port

Go on the White City / Yellow City tour. It gets you out of Progresso and is fascinating.

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

Always my favorite. Go into the water, even just to wade. The water is crystal clear.
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